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Adam T. Clark « Visiting Scientist » seminar

05.28.2019 - EDB seminar room (4R1 building)

Adam T. Clark « Visiting Scientist » seminar
© Vegetation surveys in old fields at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve by Glenn Terry
Adam T. Clark will give a seminar « Leveraging scale to build empirically tractable theory and metrics of stability and coexistence » on May 28, 11:30 am in the EDB seminar room (4R1 building)

I am broadly interested in how ecological communities persist across space and time. To me, the defining characteristic of ecological communities is that they self-assemble, and that they maintain themselves across large spatial and temporal scales even when faced with perturbations and disturbance. I find this fascinating because it suggests that predictive understanding of community ecology could help us engineer ecological communities that provide particular desired goods and services, but are able to maintain themselves with minimal inputs.

In order to address this topic, I work across many kinds of ecological communities, though I am particularly familiar with tallgrass prairies in the US Midwest, and ant communities in the US North East and the Caribbean. My work includes field experiments, taxonomy, and building new theoretical models. My main focus is on synthesizing existing data and theory (of which there is a lot) in order to build predictive models of community assembly for real-world systems, which remains an elusive goal in ecology.

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Twitter: @adam_t_clark